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An 81-year-old man attempted to buy an 8-year-old girl from her mother for $278,000 inside a busy supermarket.

Hellmuth Kolb was arrested on Saturday and charged with simple battery and false imprisonment Florida police say, WKMG-TV reported.

Tracy Nigh was sitting with her daughter on a bench inside the Walmart when Mr Kolb approached, asked if she was married and started bidding on her daughter, shares Yahoo 7.

Ms Nigh says she got up to leave but Mr Kolb grabbed her daughter and kissed her wrist. An arrest report says Ms Nigh left with her daughter and alerted store security.

Authorities say the exchange was caught on camera and Mr Kolb was identified through his credit card transaction and social media, where another woman described a similar experience.

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  • Some people shouldn’t be allowed to walk the streets. Children need to be protected, lucky this mum with with her daughter.

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  • Ew! I can only imagine what he wanted to buy this little girl. How horrendous. Horrible thing is there are parents out there who would have taken the money handed her over :(

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  • This is just not acceptable. Why would you even ask this.

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  • Life in jail –and I mean the rest of his life in jail. NO parole or home detention.
    I dread to think what he might have done to the girl….and possibly the Mum too.

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  • How brazen!!

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  • Iam glad he got what he deserved

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  • What a sick man.
    Hope the mother and girl are okay after what this man has put them through .

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  • I hope they don’t let him out! It’d only be a matter of time before he found someone desperate enough to actually consider it.

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  • Thank God they caught this guy ! May his charge be heavy & long !!

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  • Sickening and disgusting to do this

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  • Children are so hard to conceive, to give birth and to nurture and raise. Why these kind of people just don’t realise their actions. Strict actions should be taken against such rascals

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  • Hopefully now they have caught this creep, they won’t let him go to re-offend.

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  • Disgusting creep. Lock him up and throw away the key.
    He fact that he thought offering money for a child was going to yeild results speaks of a deep mental rot. If they don’t lock him away now, he’ll be hurting an innocent in the future.

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  • Absolutely terrifying and not the first time he’s done it!

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  • Luckily they were able to catch him!!

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